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September 13 2012

Tropical East Africa's epic flora survey completed


The complete flora of tropical East Africa has been recorded by scientists, 60 years after the project first began.

When researchers started the task in 1948 they thought it would only take 15 years to finish.

But it took 135 botanists from 21 countries six decades to catalogue all the 12,104 wild plant species of Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

1,500 plant species new to science have been described during the project from acacia trees to flowering plants.

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